Emma Ward Brown – Passes!

Unfortunately, I do not know much about my great-grandmother’s background or her life.  She did live to 54 years old.  Her birth date is given as 13 March 1851 from census.  I have learned that she was probably born in Strathroy, Ontario and later moved to Petrolia Village in Lambton Co., Ontario where she met Richard, but that is about the farthest back I have gone.  It is on the To Do list to do more work on my great grandmother in preparation for my trip to Ontario in 2012. 

She sadly died in 1905 on April 20th in Winnipeg.  Ethel her daughter married on 28 August 1905 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota.  So Emily did not get to attend her daughter’s wedding.  (See post dated April 5, 2010 for Ethel’s marriage to Robert Boardman.)

From the Winnipeg Free Press  a very brief obituary notice was found on April 21, 1905: 

Emma Brown, beloved wife of Richard Brown, of 175 Magnus street, died yesterday, aged 54 years.  Besides her husband she leaves two sons and one daughter.

The following day another entry was published April 22, 1905 in the Manitoba Free Press, pg. 7, col. 5

Obituary: The late Mrs. R. Brown of 175 Magnus Street, whose death was announced in the Free Press yesterday morning, had been a resident of the city for the past twenty-four years,having come here from Strathroy, Ont.  Her friends and acquaintances will no doubt learn with regret of her demise.  Her illness has extended over a period of nearly thirteen months, during which time she has suffered constantly.  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two sons, Charles W. Brown, of the Fred. J. Holland Agency, limited, and Arthur Brown, of the staff of Clark Bros. & Co. limited; also one daughter, Ethel.  The funeral will leave the family residence for St. John’s cemetery to-morrow afternoon at 4 o’clock.

There seems to be some confusion about Emma’s name.  Was it Emma or Emily? I have seen both used for her in census and that could be a census taker misunderstanding.  Here death record from Manitoba Vital Statistics gives her name as Emma #429, April 20, 1905

Emma Brown.  Date of Death:  April 20, 1905, Residence:  175 Magus Ave., Winnipeg (Street name hard to read), female, 54 years old, occupation was wife, religion Church of England, born in Ontario.

I do not have a photo of Emma unless one of the unidentified photos in the family records is her.  At some point I will publish them in a post to see if they cannot be identified.

Emma Ward Brown is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery in Winnipeg.  She rests with Richard who died 17 years later.

Emma and Richard Brown's Tombstone


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